Sunday, June 3, 2012

Then and Now and Thank you!

This was me then...

This photo was taken the day I put my braces on, over two years ago, on February 10, 2010.  That was me, smiling.  Do you see the open gap in the front; between my top and bottom teeth?  I had an open bite and an over bite!  My teeth were crooked and my mouth was just a mess. 

I struggled with the thought of getting braces for years.  I wore braces once before when I was eleven for about a year.  My teeth were straight after the treatment, but when my wisdom teeth came out, I was afraid to remove them and they eventually squeezed in and forced all my other teeth into places they should never have gone. 

I had to pull out four teeth and do several periodontal treatments before the orthodontist would even think of putting braces on me.  It was a long hard road, but I focused on the end the result. 

And now, two years and three months later...

This is me now!

This photo was taken as I was arriving home from the orthodontist.  It was all worth it and I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.  It sure feels good!

The journey is not exactly over.  I will be picking up my retainer on Wednesday.  I will have to wear it full time (except to eat and brush) for the first few months, and eventually only at night.  But who cares, right??

I just want to take a moment to thank my biggest supporters:  my husband, my daughters and my Mom who are always there for me, no matter what.  And of course, my family and friends on facebook and twitter.  Thank you so much for all your support these past two years.  It's such a blessing to have so many dear ones around me.

I picked up a dozen assorted muffins for the staff at my Orthodontist's office
to say "Thank you".  Since it would be impossible to send a muffin to each one of you,
I hope you will accept a virtual muffin as a token of my thanks and appreciation!  

Happy Sunday!  Wishing you a fabulous week, filled with wonderful
things to smile about! xoxo


  1. Oh wow how amazing. It's like you have more teeth but straighter. That's so interesting. I'm really happy for you that now you have your teeth as you want them. Does it feel easier to chew, like they're better aligned? It must. I remember the day you got them and saying the time would whiz by and it seems it has. And now you're beaming inside AND out. ♥

  2. So happy to see you smile so much with out being conscious about it. Although I've always loved you smile.

  3. WOW-always beautiful but now with perfect teeth! xo

  4. Oh, soooo lovely, Rosinda!! Everything turned out sooo well and I am so very happy for you!! When we feel good about how we look, it just carries over into so many parts of our lives!! I was so pleased with my results after I had braces and then later when I had veneers done. So much to smile about!!! Congratulations, sweetie!!
    I love virtual calories!! Hugs, Sherry xoxo

  5. You have SUCH a beautiful smile, Rosinda! Just lovely!

  6. When I do something that won't benefit me until later, I always say it's a gift I'm giving my future self. When you got your braces two years ago, you were giving your future self a wonderful gift and it must feel so good to be enjoying it now. I'm so happy for you, beautiful Rosinda! xoxo

  7. Rosinda,
    You were born beautiful, you're still beautiful and you will always be beautiful!!!
    Just knowing how happy you feel now with your PERFECT smile, it makes my heart smile.
    You made all of us family and friends, smile with you...Keep on smiling!!!

    Love you,

  8. Rosinda,
    I love your blog! Your pictures are so nice and happy. :) Congratulations on getting your braces off. That was a very good thing you did for yourself and it is quite an accomplishment. Very happy for you....

  9. Really nice, Rosinda!! This month is my one-year mark, and it did pass quickly. (Once I got over the pain, that is, the time passed quickly--lol!).

    1. Thank you, Katherine! Congratulations on one year! You will be braces-free in no time!! xo